I’m going to do a little serie of smaller tricks I recently came across when doing Mono for Android development.
For the first one, here is a small helper class I’m now using everywhere in place of the standard Android’s ImageView.
I call it FadeImageView and it’s simply a wrapper around the former that implements an automatic fade-out/fade-in effect when changing pictures.
This class comes from a realization I had inspired by @migueldeicaza and various other people in the field that animation can be more than a gimmick.
At the same time, I think the best UI animations are the ones your users don’t notice because they feel natural.
The FadeImageView class is exactly in that line of thought, animation here is used to provide a smooth transition for the user eyes between, let’s say, a placeholder image and the actual result bitmap an user expects to see e.g. something you download. The animation itself is actually not that important.